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More and Better at the Annual General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

Elisabeth Atangana, president of Pan-African Farmers Forum (PAFFO), president of the Plateforme Régionale des Organisations Paysannes d'Afrique Centrale (PROPAC), and co-coordinator of More and Better, attended the Annual General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development that was held in Tunis, the 13th and 14th of January. The objectives of the Assembly were to identify options for improved networking among Platform members, to exchange on processes, activities and messages leading up to the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan; to help agree some key themes for the 2011 work programme.

On behalf of the More and Better network and PAFFO, Elisabeth Atangana underlined the need to increase support of small scale farmers' organizations, women and minorities working in rural areas of developing countries. She also stressed the importance to  implement and evaluate policies, strategies and projects addressed to agriculture and rural development, through an effective participation of the recipient communities.
An adequate preparation is needed indeed to enable rural people to better identify their needs and priorities, and also to translate them in relevant  and sustainable proposals.
Women, especially, constitute a key component that should be encouraged within rural communities. Representation of beneficiaries must take into account the different levels and reflect the principle of subsidiarity. On the other hand, Governments should increase funds for agriculture and rural development to preserve food security and sovereignty, but also facilitate the access to markets for local products and create local wealth.

For more information on:
The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development and their General Assembly:
http://www.donorplatform.org/
http://www.donorplatform.org/about/news.html#news271

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